Derek Dooley on offensive woes: 'It's not real complex'

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, left, talks with quarterback Justin Worley during first half of the Vols' 14-3 loss to South Carolina on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, left, talks with quarterback Justin Worley during first half of the Vols' 14-3 loss to South Carolina on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

One at a time, all the areas of disappointment were identified.

The questions didn't even have to lead Derek Dooley to offensive woes for the Tennessee coach to wander back to them, staring at the stat sheet in front of him and repeatedly clicking his pen in frustration after another conference loss.

The Vols put a new quarterback in the starting lineup, and he was on the hook for two costly turnovers. A running game that had shown signs of life was again mostly invisible. The most talented receiver in the lineup had a sure touchdown go through his hands.

Dooley was clearly in no mood to search for positives in the aftermath of a 14-3 loss to No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. And in another outing without a touchdown, they seemed to be hard to find anyway.

"We're just struggling right now on offense, and I don't know any other way to say it," Dooley said. "The execution is bad, the throwing and catching is bad three weeks in a row, and we've got to find some answers.

"We're just not good enough right now. We're not really good to beat anybody unless we get some things corrected. I'm not sure what else to say, we just didn't execute. Threw two picks, can't run it in — it's not real complex, I don't think."

Identifying the issues might not be, but finding a way to patch all the holes in an increasingly leaky

offense appears to be a bit more complicated right now for the Vols (3-5, 0-5 SEC).

Unhappy with the passing game over the previous two games without starter Tyler Bray at the helm, UT turned to Justin Worley in an attempt to jump-start the attack. The true freshman completed just 10 of his 26 attempts for 105 yards with the costly interceptions both eliminating scoring chances.

After encouraging outings against the stout run defenses of Alabama and LSU, Tauren Poole rarely found much room to operate and was held to just 38 yards. The senior also didn't get any help with a short bench behind him with Marlin Lane slowed by a knee injury.

And while the Vols did have more receivers getting involved and making a couple grabs, they still rely heavily on Da'Rick Rogers to carry the load — and the most memorable play of the game for the sophomore was one he didn't make when a score slipped right through his hands.

That all added up to perhaps the most underwhelming offensive performance in a month full of them against four consecutive ranked opponents. The degree of difficulty does go down as the calendar turns and UT prepares for a non-conference breather against Middle Tennessee State at home on Saturday (FSTN, 7 p.m.), but the Vols clearly have work to do no matter who they're playing in November.

"It's tough," freshman receiver DeAnthony Arnett said. "Leading up to the month of October, that was all everybody was talking about — October, October. Coach Dooley just told us to take it one game at a time, and that's the way we took it. Obviously we didn't win any of those games, but we fought hard.

"It's tough on the offense. The defense played big, really big, only 14 points against a South Carolina team that can really score the ball. Them stepping up and getting those big (turnovers), obviously we have to convert, we have to get a touchdown. Every time down there, there's just something wrong. ... We just couldn't convert. Receivers, we've got to come up big, have to make a play for the quarterback, make a play for the team."

That's not the only position where the Vols are looking for more. Right now, the Vols aren't leaving anybody out on offense.

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ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

Not that complex...beat MTSU, lose to the pigs, get Tyler back as QB to beat Vandy and Kentucky. Beat a mid-major in Memphis bowl game. Recruit a Top-10 class. Update the quality of a couple of the assistants. With Hunter back & LSU off schedule, we will be 9-3 next year. Piece of cake...

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

Where I lost a little respect for dooley in this game was the energy level. As a coach he has to notice when the energy level is down and get his players pumped back up. Now when your down 4 touchdowns to bama, I understand, but your down a field goal and touchdown to south carolina and every has a sad look on their face, what in the heck is that!?!?!!

thevoice writes:

No, it's NOT complex. Go out there and out-recruit the other SEC schools, since there are no signs of out-coaching them. End of story. Oh, and start taking responsibility for things instead of blaming it on someone else, i.e., the players. Players aren't dumb. If they don't see their coach taking responsibility, they won't either.

thevoice writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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I'd be even more scared if Dooley lets a coach or two go at the end of the season. He had ample time to get who he thought were the right and best coaches for this job. By replacing one or more, he's showing that he's inept in yet one more area: selecting assistant coaches.

ReVolver writes:

what a horrible game.

woulda been a little more tolerable if Da'rick coulda hauled that one in. wonder if Simms could've even made that throw?

regardless, looks obvious that we would've had a better shot with Simms leading.

jumboliyah writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

Where I lost a little respect for dooley in this game was the energy level. As a coach he has to notice when the energy level is down and get his players pumped back up. Now when your down 4 touchdowns to bama, I understand, but your down a field goal and touchdown to south carolina and every has a sad look on their face, what in the heck is that!?!?!!

Good point...Tauren Poole last week in radio interview said the players are getting down when things go south and start saying, "Here we go again." He was saying he was trying to regenerate some energy but it didn't happen. That tells me we have a bunch of mid'level players with too little competitive spirit...which is what Dooley has admitted when you think about all his early season comments. Chaney has done a terrible job and the players are just not very good. 3 star players playing like 2 star players. How many times has it been said "if you recruit 3 stars you better coach 'em up"...well DaRick was a 5 star and he played like a 3 start last night. That is coaching. We coach em down not up.

underthehill writes:

Maybe the TV talk guys know more than Dooley about the game..one former UT receiver said the blame for the interception Worley threw was on the the receiver who did NOT run his route and if he had he would have been in front of the defender who intercepted the ball..guess we'll have to call Hyams to see if Dooley is aware of this.....If this is correct then Worley threw 2 passes that would have been touchdowns if the receivers had done their jobs..

underthehill writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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I don't think you'll get much disagreement on the offense being poorly coached..I do think the vast majority of UT fans and our opponents would say Justin Wilcox has done a very good if not fantastic job..the defense gave us a chance to win the S Car game

kantanuuv writes:

What was the purpose of benching Worley and bringing in Simms? What if Simms had pulled it out and won the game? Would you really gain that much in a season that's already lost? Pulling Worley can only damage his confidence and slow his learning curve in preparation for next year. Simms will be gone in a few weeks, so if this is a rebuilding year, Simms is the last person who needs to be in the game.

But, I'm sure Coach Dooley knows what he's doing...

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to volheart67:

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Good point about the Colts without Manning. Injuries make a huge difference, especially for a team like UT, which had little margin for error, even before the season started. Now the Vols have less options, which means they have no margin for error. Errors all over cost UT a football game last night, but what else can be expected when you have a team that simply cannot make any mistakes whatsoever?

jomo11 writes:

Dooley is now 26-32 as a head coach in almost 5 years. . . . After almost 60 games....... " you are what your record is" . . . .I'm sure Dooley will simply turn it around and all of sudden become a coach that starts winning at an .800 plus clip. . . . Dooley will never be more than a .500 or worse coach

RoadTrip writes:

We are in no mood to search for positives either, Coach. Since you get the big bucks, tell us what you are going to do about it or else Neyland is going to empty worse that it did during CPF's curtain call season.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to thevoice:

I'd be even more scared if Dooley lets a coach or two go at the end of the season. He had ample time to get who he thought were the right and best coaches for this job. By replacing one or more, he's showing that he's inept in yet one more area: selecting assistant coaches.

CDD was forced to keep Chaney and Thompson. Thompson is a great recruiter and has done nice work with the D Line. Chaney is just not an SEC OC. He did hire the O line coach and now you know why the Chicago Bears had no run game three years ago. He needs to go. The DB coach has talent and has not gotten what I think he could from it so he needs to at least be told to get better. I still do not know about Wilcox given that we keep the D on the field so long. But the offensive side of the ball needs to go and the sooner the better

shorttail writes:

the vols need a running back a big back, one that can get a yard when needed or at least 6 inches

arkyvol writes:

somehow a head coach who took half a season to figure out that his starting center couldn't center doesn't fill me with confidence.

dk writes:

Everybody's wondering what the problem is and why we aren't beating Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida? It's really simple. You can't beat experienced seniors with green freshmen and sophmores. 2 more recruiting classes, and UT's sophs with be seniors and they will compete with anybody in the SEC. Until then, encourage the kids that are playing and quit expecting them to be supermen. Nick Saban couldn't win with this year's class at UT. It is amazing just how good a coach can be when he has great players that have been through the system and are upperclassmen. It gets boring to keep reading the same old negative posts from folks that know next to nothing about football.

rockypop writes:

Every time Dooley says things are bad, he needs to realize they're bad for a reason. And, there are only a limited number of reasons they are bad:
• Bad recruiting
• Bad coaching
• Bad preparation
• Bad execution

Three out of four involves coaching, so if he's going to say these things, he must realize that he is in fact, condemning himself and his coaches.

I want to believe he is the right man for the job, because he brings so much positive energy and belief in the Tennessee tradition to the table. and, I truly believe he is getting hammered by youth and inexperience. I'm still in for five years, because that's what he signed up for, and I believe that's fair.

But, beginning next year, no excuses based on youth or inexperience. That's when he needs to take complete ownership. That means if he says things are bad, then they're bad because he and his staff aren't getting it done.

proud2btnvol (Inactive) writes:

Pathetic...

LifetimeVolFan writes:

The loss of Tyler and Justin made a huge difference in the season. Take out the QB and top WR on most good teams and things will drop off drastically. Tough season with LSU and ALA being #1 and #2 and playing without these two key players. Give CDD a little break, because he hasn't had any this year.

VolFaninDC writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

Not that complex...beat MTSU, lose to the pigs, get Tyler back as QB to beat Vandy and Kentucky. Beat a mid-major in Memphis bowl game. Recruit a Top-10 class. Update the quality of a couple of the assistants. With Hunter back & LSU off schedule, we will be 9-3 next year. Piece of cake...

Do you mean top 10 in the SEC, or nation?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to underthehill:

Maybe the TV talk guys know more than Dooley about the game..one former UT receiver said the blame for the interception Worley threw was on the the receiver who did NOT run his route and if he had he would have been in front of the defender who intercepted the ball..guess we'll have to call Hyams to see if Dooley is aware of this.....If this is correct then Worley threw 2 passes that would have been touchdowns if the receivers had done their jobs..

The interception in the endzone for a touchback was purely Worley underthrowing the receiver. The safety and corner had been split and he had a step on both but the ball was behind him. Might say that was a product of lack of practice as the #1.

VolFaninDC writes:

in response to dk:

Everybody's wondering what the problem is and why we aren't beating Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida? It's really simple. You can't beat experienced seniors with green freshmen and sophmores. 2 more recruiting classes, and UT's sophs with be seniors and they will compete with anybody in the SEC. Until then, encourage the kids that are playing and quit expecting them to be supermen. Nick Saban couldn't win with this year's class at UT. It is amazing just how good a coach can be when he has great players that have been through the system and are upperclassmen. It gets boring to keep reading the same old negative posts from folks that know next to nothing about football.

I hope you are right. But I honestly and sadly think in two years we will be hearing AD Hart (if he's still around, never know any more with how UT runs things) talking about "program direction" and looking for someone who will again promise to bring us back.

VolFaninDC writes:

in response to rockypop:

Every time Dooley says things are bad, he needs to realize they're bad for a reason. And, there are only a limited number of reasons they are bad:
• Bad recruiting
• Bad coaching
• Bad preparation
• Bad execution

Three out of four involves coaching, so if he's going to say these things, he must realize that he is in fact, condemning himself and his coaches.

I want to believe he is the right man for the job, because he brings so much positive energy and belief in the Tennessee tradition to the table. and, I truly believe he is getting hammered by youth and inexperience. I'm still in for five years, because that's what he signed up for, and I believe that's fair.

But, beginning next year, no excuses based on youth or inexperience. That's when he needs to take complete ownership. That means if he says things are bad, then they're bad because he and his staff aren't getting it done.

Don't forget though that if you have even ONE injury, that can be added to your list of bad things that can take down a season.

EastTNvolfan writes:

I agree that one player makes a big difference in the abilities of a team to win (Manning-Colts). I think everyone should give Worley a break. He's an 18 year old freshman who was asked to take a tough job. He has been the #3 guy since he arrived on campus so he hasn't had the preparation/attention he would need to be a starter. Also, the commentators of the game made a good point: while you can point to many teams playing lots of freshman, UT has played 16+ FOR THE PAST TWO SEASONS. As for getting rid of Dooley, give him time. Fulmer didn't lead us to a Conference title until year 4 of his tenure at UT. Can you imagine if we went through another year of starting over? What credible athlete would want to come here with another coaching change? Give the man a chance. I hate losing as much as any Vol fan but I see no upside to firing Dooley and starting over.

VolFaninDC writes:

in response to LifetimeVolFan:

The loss of Tyler and Justin made a huge difference in the season. Take out the QB and top WR on most good teams and things will drop off drastically. Tough season with LSU and ALA being #1 and #2 and playing without these two key players. Give CDD a little break, because he hasn't had any this year.

I disagree. Many teams lose key players and still have championship seasons, much less collapse as we have done. I remember 1985 when Tony Robinson went down at Bama, we thought we were done. But, the backup QB led us to a Sugar Bowl victory and a #4 ranking. In 1998, we lost Jamal Lewis yet went on to win a National Championship. Yes, losing key players can hurt. But the reason we are next to last among ALL (ALL!!!!) FBS teams in rushing has very very little if nothing to do with the QB and our best WR going down.

underthehill writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

The interception in the endzone for a touchback was purely Worley underthrowing the receiver. The safety and corner had been split and he had a step on both but the ball was behind him. Might say that was a product of lack of practice as the #1.

You apparently do not know what you are talking about..THE former UT receiver (I think it was Jayson Swain) clearly stated the receiver ran a poor route and should have ran in front of the defender ..he said the interception was on the receiver..I'll take his word for it..

LifetimeVolFan writes:

in response to VolFaninDC:

I disagree. Many teams lose key players and still have championship seasons, much less collapse as we have done. I remember 1985 when Tony Robinson went down at Bama, we thought we were done. But, the backup QB led us to a Sugar Bowl victory and a #4 ranking. In 1998, we lost Jamal Lewis yet went on to win a National Championship. Yes, losing key players can hurt. But the reason we are next to last among ALL (ALL!!!!) FBS teams in rushing has very very little if nothing to do with the QB and our best WR going down.

Comparing a 1985 Sugar Bowl team or a 1998 Championship team with a strong nucleus of experienced upper classmen to a team with a new staff that was left with tremendous problems and a severe lack of talent, not to mention no depth, is not even a remotely close comparison, let alone a fair comparison.

oldster writes:

in response to thevoice:

I'd be even more scared if Dooley lets a coach or two go at the end of the season. He had ample time to get who he thought were the right and best coaches for this job. By replacing one or more, he's showing that he's inept in yet one more area: selecting assistant coaches.

I guess you never got divorced because you did not want anyone to think that you are inept at the most important decision of your life. I hope that people who are faced with that or remaining miserable through the remainder of their lives choose to admit the mistake as I hope Dooley will do the same with Cheney and the Oline coach.

oldster writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

Where I lost a little respect for dooley in this game was the energy level. As a coach he has to notice when the energy level is down and get his players pumped back up. Now when your down 4 touchdowns to bama, I understand, but your down a field goal and touchdown to south carolina and every has a sad look on their face, what in the heck is that!?!?!!

I thought he was/is a coach. I did not know he was a cheerleader. I sincerely question the character of any person who plays sports at the major college level who needs rah-rah phooey from a coach or anyone else.

utvols420 writes:

Give him five years at least. He has brought in two good recruiting classes. When those guys are juniors and seniors Tennessee will be a team to be reckoned with. If you all remember nobody wanted this job. I mean NOBODY. Jim Chaney isn't the problem, Justin Wilcox isn't the problem, and Derek Dooley isn't the problem. Youth is the problem. The only way to fix that is time. Two years and people are calling for his head. How fickle. Its no wonder Kiffin showed us no loyalty.

LifetimeVolFan writes:

in response to utvols420:

Give him five years at least. He has brought in two good recruiting classes. When those guys are juniors and seniors Tennessee will be a team to be reckoned with. If you all remember nobody wanted this job. I mean NOBODY. Jim Chaney isn't the problem, Justin Wilcox isn't the problem, and Derek Dooley isn't the problem. Youth is the problem. The only way to fix that is time. Two years and people are calling for his head. How fickle. Its no wonder Kiffin showed us no loyalty.

Amen! Well said.

oldster writes:

in response to VolFaninDC:

I disagree. Many teams lose key players and still have championship seasons, much less collapse as we have done. I remember 1985 when Tony Robinson went down at Bama, we thought we were done. But, the backup QB led us to a Sugar Bowl victory and a #4 ranking. In 1998, we lost Jamal Lewis yet went on to win a National Championship. Yes, losing key players can hurt. But the reason we are next to last among ALL (ALL!!!!) FBS teams in rushing has very very little if nothing to do with the QB and our best WR going down.

Teams can and do go on to success when key players get injured just as you say. However, most of such teams are like the teams to which you referred, loaded everywhere else and with experienced and talented backups. Here we have Freshmen and Sophomores backed up by Freshmen and Sophomores who, if they were as good as the ones who were injured would probably (except for QB) been playing elsewhere on the team.

cloudodust writes:

in response to jomo11:

Dooley is now 26-32 as a head coach in almost 5 years. . . . After almost 60 games....... " you are what your record is" . . . .I'm sure Dooley will simply turn it around and all of sudden become a coach that starts winning at an .800 plus clip. . . . Dooley will never be more than a .500 or worse coach

Funny stuff. All that record mentioned at Tennessee..? That's the kind of crude they said about his daddy until Tennessee-Georgia, 1980 after he landed Herschel and had an Erk running his defense. You folks are looking for The Now and can't withstand building a future and you think you're gonna retire some day from your cubicle..? LMAO. Babs Dooley knows this game better than you whiners...

Sovol writes:

I'll give Dooley 2 more years before I get too critical. I'm placing this one where it belongs, Mike Hamilton and Lane Kiffin. Speaking of Kiffin, it sure was sweet to see Stanford beat him, his dad and that other idiot whose name I can't spell.

VolCard writes:

Everyone needs to keep in mind that Dooley walked into a situation with a team that was probably further down than anyone realized. We were fresh off the "Clawfense" and a one year stint with a guy who turned out to be a snake in the grass, and talent wise it was still on the downslope because we were losing half of Kiffin's recruiting class. If Dooley can bring in guys like Bray (who I know he only held onto after Kiffin made the first contact), J. Hunter, Rogers, AJ Johnson, etc. who are (or were before injuries) all competing like big-time SEC players in his first two years, then he can keep doing it in his next few. When you have a team where the talent and leadership is so heavily sophomores and freshmen, you're going to struggle. And the leadership void at the Jr./Sr. level is worse this year than it was last year. No D. Moore and G. Jones this year to keep the youngsters' heads in the game when things get tough. These guys will turn it around, but it's going to take some time. Anyone that thought Justin Worley was going to come in on Saturday and light it up against a top SEC/national defense wasn't being realistic, and that includes me. That doesn't mean he won't have a superb career with the Vols. He'll get it done with the rest of these guys. We just need to give them a chance, and they need less vitriol and more support from the fan base.

Southland writes:

I am in full agreement with the frustration being shown by the fans. Some of this is Dooley's doing and that cant be denied. How many of you have ever seen a coach that has had more bad luck and bad breaks in a season and a half. The team is just flat worn down from the murders row that they just passed through. They didnt have the talent or the energy in the tank to overcome a SC that is pretty good. Had we had our two best offensive weapons it could have been different. I am one willing to give Dooley more time but this season is wearing me down. Next year he will need to win at least 8-9 games but at this point I am not sure that will happen and so then UT will need to put out the really big money and get a super coach which by the way does not always work

fearthehound writes:

Dear Coach Dooley, I am a big fan and I still believe you are the man to lead the Vols in the future. However, I gotta say, I think this South Carolina loss is pretty much on you. Somehow, in some moment of pique or something, you decided that you will just start a quarterback who has absolutely zero college experience against the number 12 team in the country, when you had a quarterback there who, despite his shortcomings, has shown he could have pulled this win out for us. No way Simms would have thrown those interceptions at the goal line. We could have won this game and I just don't understand the thought process that went into your decisions. I mean, Carolina really didn't look that good.

Hoping for a better future,

FTH

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to arkyvol:

somehow a head coach who took half a season to figure out that his starting center couldn't center doesn't fill me with confidence.

Good point, Arky. In fact, I posted even before the Fla loss that I was seeing some of the same fundamental mistakes being made early on this year that plagued us so badly last year. Remember how many games it took before the problem of having too many players on the field at any given time was corrected? And just as you stated about the center snap issue, I wondered why it was so critical to force the young man to snap with his right hand when he is left handed. Going for the 2 pts in the Ga game; inserting Worley at the very end of the Bama game just to hand the ball off; the # of times I have heard the man second guess himself publicly. Like others have stated, I like the man and I respect his pedigree but being the son of an outstanding coach no more qualifies a man to be a coach than walking into a garage qualifies a person to be a mechanic. I do believe that the best scenario for UT at the time is to give the man at least one more year, and after that, the AD may have to take a page from out of the Mich playbook when they gave RichRod his walking papers. At the very least, CDD may have to follow the example of M Richt and make some painful, but necessary coaching changes. What in the world would possess a man to exchange a career in the legal profession for one in the coaching profession when anything short of perfection can land you in hot water? I mean it's got to be a whole lot easier coming up with a line like, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" than it is to come up with a gameplan to win in the SEC.

1986sugarbowl writes:

Coaches are 3/4 of the problem. Most of our kids were recruited by other big SEC schools. Would they be the same players under those systems? Hard to truly know, but I bet they would achieve at higher levels. Chaney is no doubt a great passing offensive coach, but outside of that, it is dreadful. He is a one dimensional coach. Bray, Hunter, Rogers, and Rivera had it working like a machine, but with no balanced running game. You have to have some level of balance in order to sell anything. Could you imagine what they could do with an offensive coordinator that has a balanced game plan?

Dooley keep!! He is recruiting well enough and the players like him well enough that he can build a winning program.

Chaney must go. He needs to be in another conference where he can excel in what he does best. We need one of our VFL running backs to come and coach our backs.

Wilcox, either make adjustments, get creative with your blitzes, or you should go as well.

Hiestand, should go tomorrow!! Yes we have young linemen, but they have size and athleticism. You just can’t coach, or you have fed into Chaney’s pass so much that you totally forgot to teach them how to clear for the run.

I have no big problems with Hinshaw, but he may serve well as an offensive coordinator than a QB coach.

Terry Joseph has some good talent to work with, but Brewer has slacked off, and coverage is lacking in most situations. I would like to see a VFL comeback and coach up this position.

Baggett is a great coach I think, but he seems to do very well with already great talent like Hunter and Rogers, but he’s not coaching up Dallas and Milton. I thought Teague was a much better receiver than he is a defensive back.
Russell is a good enough coach to keep. Special teams are a lot better than we have had in a long time. Palardy is struggling and should only really need to concentrate on field goals, and Darr to me is a better punter, but returns with young are great and coverage is better than years past.

Sermon and Thomson are great together if they only had a coordinator that would be more aggressive. With Vareen, and Sapp’s speed, and Johnson and Johnson’s ability, I would in some packages run a 4-4 and blitz off the ends or through the middle. These guys stay.
IMHO this is what I see needs to happen before things gets better.

VolGrad writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

Not that complex...beat MTSU, lose to the pigs, get Tyler back as QB to beat Vandy and Kentucky. Beat a mid-major in Memphis bowl game. Recruit a Top-10 class. Update the quality of a couple of the assistants. With Hunter back & LSU off schedule, we will be 9-3 next year. Piece of cake...

Here! Here!

+1

Mav145 writes:

Wow....I'll bet this is the same bunch that called Kiffin a traitor for leaving after one year. Most of you haters have the shortest memory and jump on the first bandwagon that comes along. UT is up...you're sit back in your recliner and love your Vols. When times are tough, you sit back in your recliner and want heads to roll. Just in case you missed it, the key words there were "Sit back in your recliner." Go get a whistle and coach peewee football, then come back and talk to us. Most of you are just windbags with some typing skills. 16 freshman and our 3 best players are not in the game - if you really can't figure this out, find another team to cheer for,

fearthehound writes:

in response to 1986sugarbowl:

Coaches are 3/4 of the problem. Most of our kids were recruited by other big SEC schools. Would they be the same players under those systems? Hard to truly know, but I bet they would achieve at higher levels. Chaney is no doubt a great passing offensive coach, but outside of that, it is dreadful. He is a one dimensional coach. Bray, Hunter, Rogers, and Rivera had it working like a machine, but with no balanced running game. You have to have some level of balance in order to sell anything. Could you imagine what they could do with an offensive coordinator that has a balanced game plan?

Dooley keep!! He is recruiting well enough and the players like him well enough that he can build a winning program.

Chaney must go. He needs to be in another conference where he can excel in what he does best. We need one of our VFL running backs to come and coach our backs.

Wilcox, either make adjustments, get creative with your blitzes, or you should go as well.

Hiestand, should go tomorrow!! Yes we have young linemen, but they have size and athleticism. You just can’t coach, or you have fed into Chaney’s pass so much that you totally forgot to teach them how to clear for the run.

I have no big problems with Hinshaw, but he may serve well as an offensive coordinator than a QB coach.

Terry Joseph has some good talent to work with, but Brewer has slacked off, and coverage is lacking in most situations. I would like to see a VFL comeback and coach up this position.

Baggett is a great coach I think, but he seems to do very well with already great talent like Hunter and Rogers, but he’s not coaching up Dallas and Milton. I thought Teague was a much better receiver than he is a defensive back.
Russell is a good enough coach to keep. Special teams are a lot better than we have had in a long time. Palardy is struggling and should only really need to concentrate on field goals, and Darr to me is a better punter, but returns with young are great and coverage is better than years past.

Sermon and Thomson are great together if they only had a coordinator that would be more aggressive. With Vareen, and Sapp’s speed, and Johnson and Johnson’s ability, I would in some packages run a 4-4 and blitz off the ends or through the middle. These guys stay.
IMHO this is what I see needs to happen before things gets better.

Man, 1986SugarBowl, that is quite an in depth analysis. I hope you are Daryll Dickey. Otherwise, I'd feel a little pretentious with all that advice for Dooley (Chaney must go??)

kwvolsfan writes:

I'll say only one thing,
"ROME was not built in a day."
Go big orange.

RomanRoomRedux (Inactive) writes:

in response to Sovol:

I'll give Dooley 2 more years before I get too critical. I'm placing this one where it belongs, Mike Hamilton and Lane Kiffin. Speaking of Kiffin, it sure was sweet to see Stanford beat him, his dad and that other idiot whose name I can't spell.

Two more years. To do what? Go from 6-6 to 5-7 to 4-8. You gotta be joking or either blind. We're headed for the worst record ever in the SEC and you want to sit tight on the Titanic?

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to dk:

Everybody's wondering what the problem is and why we aren't beating Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida? It's really simple. You can't beat experienced seniors with green freshmen and sophmores. 2 more recruiting classes, and UT's sophs with be seniors and they will compete with anybody in the SEC. Until then, encourage the kids that are playing and quit expecting them to be supermen. Nick Saban couldn't win with this year's class at UT. It is amazing just how good a coach can be when he has great players that have been through the system and are upperclassmen. It gets boring to keep reading the same old negative posts from folks that know next to nothing about football.

dk, I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but shouldn't the same logic you are using about UT's sophs' becoming seniors and thereby becoming more competitive be applied to other schools as well? To suggest that would seem to imply that UT's player development is superior to that of other programs. I would suggest that the solution is in narrowing both the talent and coaching gap that is so apparent. The talent gap can only be corrected with outstanding recruiting and subsequent development of that talent while the coaching gap can be bridged either by on the job growth or outright replacement. What I find amazing is how one coach can have an immediate impact using essentially the same players as his predecessor and the example that comes to mind is B Pearl.

RomanRoomRedux (Inactive) writes:

What is it about 0-5 and never won anywhere that you Dooley fools don't understand. Maybe when he gets his brains beat out against Arkansas and Vanderbilt it'll make sense to you.

flatrock writes:

Real simple: playing a junior varsity roster vs. SEC varsity schedule...Compliments of Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Fulmer and Mr. Kiffin.

GoSmokeyGo writes:

My goodness. It's obvious the majority of the people on this blog have never coached, yet have all the answers. There's more to it than just plugging this in and recruiting that. Try this: get you a donkey and enter him in the Kentucky Derby! The results are probable but you are expected to win....look, these coaches and players are trying, but when you are then with experience, depth, and talent, its not easy. Couple that with playing LSU, al, and sc in consecutive weeks with a back up qb and receivers who are not in sync with new qb timing. Yes, its frustrating. Give CDD a break guys. You expect miracles. Give it another two years and then make an educated assessment.

fearthehound writes:

in response to volfaninbuckeyeland:

dk, I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but shouldn't the same logic you are using about UT's sophs' becoming seniors and thereby becoming more competitive be applied to other schools as well? To suggest that would seem to imply that UT's player development is superior to that of other programs. I would suggest that the solution is in narrowing both the talent and coaching gap that is so apparent. The talent gap can only be corrected with outstanding recruiting and subsequent development of that talent while the coaching gap can be bridged either by on the job growth or outright replacement. What I find amazing is how one coach can have an immediate impact using essentially the same players as his predecessor and the example that comes to mind is B Pearl.

A thoughtful response, Buckeye, but I don't think you can really compare basketball to football in this case, due to the physical aspect (I mean really physical) required for football. One or two years really makes a difference in these young guys' frames. I think the point is, we're playing younger guys than our competition is. When our guys get to be juniors and seniors, we'll be more on an even footing with the other teams. Too many young players for us versus the other teams' juniors and seniors.

fearthehound writes:

in response to RomanRoomRedux:

What is it about 0-5 and never won anywhere that you Dooley fools don't understand. Maybe when he gets his brains beat out against Arkansas and Vanderbilt it'll make sense to you.

Maybe...nah, we just don't get it Roman. Tell us again. You'll probably have to wait until your next break between cases though or maybe between surgeries or something...

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